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Babylon Rides the Beast

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OVERVIEW – Babylon, the “Great Harlot,” rides the Beast from the Sea, with its seven heads and ten horns – Revelation 17:7-13 .  T he “ beast ” on which the “ Great Harlot ” sits is the same malignant monster that John saw “ ascending from the sea ,” an amalgamation of the  “ four beasts ” ascending from a chaotic sea in Daniel . Now, we are presented with the “lineage” of the “ beast ” and its final destruction, using language from Daniel’s vision of the “ fourth beast ” and its “ little horn .” - [ Photo by Briana Tozour on Unsplash ].

Coheirs with Abraham

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In Romans , Paul presents Abraham as the great exemplar of faith, the model for all who would live from faith. God counted his faith as “ righteousness ” while he was still uncircumcised, and thus, justified him apart from the “ works of the Law .” Consequently, Abraham became the father of everyone who is “ from faith ,” both of Jew and of Gentile, circumcised or not, and the “ heir of the world ” - [ Photo by Jingda Chen on Unsplash ].

Beast Ascending from the Earth

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OVERVIEW - The beast from the earth mimics the Lamb. It is the mouthpiece of the Dragon, and the propagandist for the first beast – Revelation 13:11-15 .  In chapter 12, the “ great voice in heaven ” pronounced “ woe ” on the “ inhabitants of the earth and of the sea, because the Devil descended to you, having great wrath, knowing he has but a short time .” He then launched his war against the “ seed of the woman ” by summoning his own “seed”; the “ beast from the sea ,” and now, the “ beast from the earth .” - [ Photo by Krzysztof Hepner on Unsplash ].

Persecuting Beast

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OVERVIEW – In Revelation, the Dragon and his servants wage war against the saints of the Lamb, the Church, and not against nations or ethnic groups .  The visions of Revelation portray the cosmic war waged between Satan and Jesus, one that plays out in the daily struggles of the church. The earthly vassals of the “ Dragon ” execute his attacks on the Church, especially the “ beast from the sea ,” the “ false prophet ,” and “ Babylon, the Great Harlot .” The “ war ” is waged by deceivers working within, and persecutors working from without, the church - [ Photo by ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ on Unsplash ].

War Against the Saints

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OVERVIEW  -  The Beast from the sea was authorized to wage war against the followers of the Lamb on behalf of its overlord, the Dragon  –  Revelation 13:6-10 .  The “ Dragon ” tasked the “ beast from the sea ” with annihilating the “ saints .” To facilitate this, he was given authority over all nations and peoples. In the vision, humanity is divided into two groups: Those who “ render homage to the Beast ,” the “ inhabitants of the earth ,” and those who “ follow the Lamb wherever he goes ,” those who “ tabernacle in heaven ,” the “ saints .” - [ Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash ].

Inhabitants of the Earth

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OVERVIEW   –   In Revelation, the “inhabitants of the earth” represent the men and women who are excluded from the “book of life” by their own decisions .  In  Revelation , the  “ inhabitants of the earth ” constitute the group that is unrelenting in its hostility to Jesus and his servants, even rejoicing in the violent deaths of his witnesses. Unlike the “ nations ” and the “ kings of the earth ,” apparently, this group is beyond redemption, and their names are excluded from the “ Lamb’s book of life .” But its eventual destruction in the “ lake of fire ” is a fate of its own making - [ Photo by  Elena Mozhvilo  on Unsplash ].